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Art in the High Desert Gets Ready for Year #9!

Art in the High Desert (AHD) is a premier annual event that brings over 115 hand-picked visual artists to the heart of Bend, on the banks of the Deschutes River, in the Old Mill District. This year’s “Truly Original – Made for You” event is August 26-28.

As a non-profit organization celebrating its 9th year, Art in the High Desert is consistently recognized as one of the top 25 art shows in the nation (out of over 600) for quality of art and sales.

This show and sale is about original art made by the hands of the artists who will be at AHD in August. For three days, you will have the unique opportunity to view and buy original art from some of the top artists in North America, including 12 from Central Oregon.

Moonfire and Sun Garden Center Opens new Greenhouse

Moonfire and Sun Garden Center has opened their new greenhouse to the delight of their customers. The new 36 x 60 ft. indoor building houses annuals, house plants, hanging baskets, fruits and vegetables for sale. Construction began March 1 of this year on the greenhouse, which will be used for out-of-season growing as well.

Located at 61944 27th Street in Bend, Moonfire and Sun Garden Center opened their doors in 2004. They specialize in stocking high-quality plant material and are staffed by knowledgeable employees with a passion for gardening. Moonfire and Sun also sells irrigation supplies, soil maintenance products, and can help with landscape design.

Oregon Spirit Distillers Win Awards

Bend-based Oregon Spirit Distillers picked up two Double Gold medals at this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition, held March 17-20 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California. Their Ottis Webber Wheat Whiskey and J. Becher American Rye Whiskey were each awarded Double Gold, the highest honor available. A Double Gold means the whiskeys received the highest remarks from all the judges and classifies them as “outstanding.” The international competition features thousands of top-producing distilleries competing against each other. It is known as the “most influential and respected spirits competition in the world.”

Aged three years, the Ottis Webber Wheat Whiskey is a sweet and slightly spicy American whiskey made from Central Oregon wheat, rye and malted barley. The J. Becher American Rye Whiskey is a 100 percent rye American whiskey, aged for four years.

Oregon Spirit Distillers produces high-quality spirits made from Oregon-grown agriculture products. Their whiskeys are made on site, including all distilling, barreling and bottling.

Commute Options Celebrates 
25th Anniversary

Central Oregon’s Commute Options is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. The non-profit has increased programs aimed to educate “citizens, businesses and government about the value of carpooling, vanpooling, walking, bicycling, teleworking and using public transportation.”

In 2005, Commute Options launched Safe Routes to Schools “to encourage and educate Central Oregon children on the benefits and safety knowledge of biking and walking to school.” They currently work with ten Elementary and Middle Schools in the Bend La Pine School District. In addition, their Drive Less Connect program uses an online ride-matching for carpooling.

In an attempt to “promote active transportation, community health, public space, and a vibrant local economy,” Commute Options will host Bend Open Streets. Open Streets is an international initiative that closes streets to automobile traffic to allow for walking, bicycling, and socializing. This year’s event will take place September 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

Tag It Forward Coffee Program at Oregon High Desert Classics Supports Cascade Youth & 
Family Center

Tag It Forward Coffee is a social business venture operated by Cascade Youth & Family Center (CYFC), a program of J Bar J Youth Services. CYFC is the primary resource for homeless and runaway teens in Central Oregon, providing safety, shelter and support services 24-hours a day. The program provides shelter and counseling, works to reunite youth with their families, strengthens family relationships, encourages stable living conditions for youth, and supports youth in choosing constructive courses of action, toward education completion and employment. The Tag It Forward project provides youth with hands-on training and experience as baristas. Come support Cascade Youth & Family Center at the Oregon High Desert Classics this summer July 19 -31 to get a cup of coffee and learn more about this great venture.